Huckabee Sure Sounds Like A Liberal When It Comes To Immigration.
GOP Presidential contender Mike Huckabee is drawing some flak from his comments on immigration--comments which, to many, position him on the wrong side of the political spectrum.
Huckabee's track record when it comes to immigration is filled with statements that make him sound very liberal when compared to other presidential candidates. Among those statements is a 2006 Washington Post quote in which Huckabee sounds very much like someone campaigning for the Democratic nomination.
"The rational approach is to find a way to give people a pathway to citizenship," he said.
In a recent interview, however, Huckabee tried to backtrack away from his comments stating that the first priority is to secure the border and stop the influx of immigrants, but that America doesn't need to be "irrational" when it comes to treating the children of immigrants.
One example that Huckabee has used to defend his position on immigration is a high school valedictorian who was brought into the country illegally by his parents.
"Would we rather have him one day become a neurosurgeon or a tomato-picker?" asked Huckabee.
While Huckabee's desire for a rational discourse is in some ways admirable, it's also appearing to be less and less of an option if he wants to stand out among other GOP candidates who have much more realistic and tangible goals when it comes to immigration.
Donald Trump, for example, has proposed forcing Mexico to fund the building of a wall to keep immigrants out of the U.S., and Ben Carson suggested using drones to target and destroy unoccupied cave hideouts that illegals use to hide on their way north.
It's clear that immigration is a top issue for the GOP and for good reason. With border states undergoing a massive influx Republicans want a candidate who can stand strong and offer them a hopeful solution. It just so happens, unfortunately, that Huckabee doesn't have quite so hopeful a solution as many would want.